The production team behind the Journal and Evening Gazette’s North East Business Awards is promising another stunning event on Thursday.
The Newcastle-based R&B Group, which won two AV awards for its work on the final last year, has been involved in planning since January, with pre-production work ongoing throughout the past month.
Part of the company’s appeal rests with its innovative use of so called ‘projection mapping’, cutting-edge technology that allows the projection of 3D ‘objects’, animating event backdrops.
R&B was one of the first firm’s to introduce the approach to the commercial market.
On its first time entering the AV awards last year, it won Best Live Event of the Year and took the overall Grand Prix Award for its innovation, technology and good business practices.
Project manager Paul Borthwick said: “We’re hoping to offer more of what they enjoyed last year, but bigger, better and more immersive for the audience.
“With the backdrop being that much bigger, we can tie it in with the business awards brand a bit more, and from the sponsors’ point of view, they will get more coverage.
“We’re trying to make it really stand out and feel like a prestigious event.”
The marquee at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield, has now been erected and, after a week of work, the finishing touches are being added.
The event, which seeks to celebrate business success across the region, will see 11 subregional winners from the Tyneside & Northumberland, Durham & Wearside and Teesside heats go head-to-head for the regional awards.
Winners will also be announced for the Not-For-Profit and Best Creative categories.